Detecting Drug Use in the Workplace: Then and Now

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Today, drug-free workplace initiatives and drug testing programs are commonplace, but are these programs outdated and stuck in the past?

Workplace drug testing began in the 1980s and has been evolving ever since. But many employers haven’t kept up with the changes and have not evolved their programs to address today’s drug screening challenges.

Let’s take a look at drug testing then and now.

Pros and Cons of Various Drug Testing Specimens

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What is the preferred specimen (urine, saliva, hair) for use in a workplace drug testing program? Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer. The choice depends on a variety of factors including: federal regulations, a company’s level of risk tolerance, desired detection length, costs, and the type of testing required – (pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident […]

Nearly One in Three Truck Drivers Have Sleep Apnea – How to Protect Drivers and Reduce Risk with Sleep Apnea Testing

Nearly One in Three Truck Drivers Have Sleep Apnea – How to Protect Drivers and Reduce Risk with Sleep Apnea Testing

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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep, so the person stops breathing repeatedly while sleeping, depriving the brain and body of oxygen. It can result in poor sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness as well as a myriad of potentially severe medical issues. A recent study sponsored […]

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Why Motor Carriers Should Start Using Medical Questionnaires?

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When the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners was introduced the goal was to improve highway safety and driver health by providing access to high-quality medical exams consistent with Federal regulations and guidelines. However, a year after the National Registry’s introduction, two unfortunate side effects have resulted. Unanticipated Effects of the National Registry First, the […]

Six Ways to Beat a Drug Test

Six Ways to Beat a Drug Test: A Cautionary Tale

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Google “how to beat a drug test” and you’ll get a ton of hits. And if you’re in HR or a hiring manager, you know that’s exactly what a certain percentage of your applicants will do. But beating a drug test isn’t as easy as it once was because of today’s advanced drug screening technologies and […]

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Four Common Myths about Drug Testing

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When it comes to employment drug testing, there are several common misunderstandings and misconceptions, both for companies and individuals. Here we will examine some of the most prevalent myths. Illicit drug use doesn’t impact work safety Studies show that drug use directly contributes to an unsafe work environment. Alcohol and drugs are responsible for one […]